265 Valley Rd (construction period, February)
265 Valley Road, $2.995 million, held its first broker open house today and it was worth the wait – fabulous house. I first wrote about this in February, after Greenwich Time profiled it. An under-sized lot, on a cliff, with wetlands at its base, it took the builders Tim Muldoon and John Kavounas a year just to get the necessary permits to begin construction, and at that, the FAR limited it to just 3,000 square feet, but, the developer/builders, along with designer Amy Zepplin (who looks nothing like one, by the way) have made the most of every inch; I’d pay up to downsize here.
The place looks conventional from the street, but the interior is crisp, clean and modern, with spectacular views across and down the Mianus. Two bedrooms on the top floor, a master on the “ground” floor, and more space, including a splash pool and patio below. Plus, a dock on the river, so you can fish, sail, ice fish, or skate, depending on your tastes and the weather (although if Al Gore has his way, the latter two activities will be impossible by 2015).
Instead of conventional wooden railings or cables separating the decks from a 50′ drop there are tempered glass panels that don’t obstruct the views. If you suffer from vertigo, you may want to change them to more solid-looking barriers, but I think they’re fabulous and besides, if you don’t like heights, you shouldn’t buy a house on a cliff. The only other quibble is the relatively small closets in the master bedroom. “Relatively” small because, in any normal part of the world, these would be ample; in Greenwich, buyers seem to want 1,500 sq. ft. closets just for the lady of the house. My suggestion: you have too much stuff – toss it out and live free.
Checkout the pictures in the first link, because they give the flavor that I can’t, but this is a fun, beautiful home. Not for small children: there’s not really a yard, but for anyone else, a unique, even spectacular house. I don’t know when there will be a public open house but when one is held, you should go see it just for fun, and to see what can be done with a small, “unbuildable” lot.